Rheinau Monastery Island – Music Island

Zurich Region

Rheinau Abbey, a former Benedictine abbey, is located on an island in the Rhine in the municipality of Rheinau in the canton of Zurich. Its foundation dates back to around the year 778, and it was finally dissolved in 1862. From 1867 to 2000, the monastery buildings served as the site of a psychiatric clinic.

Rheinau Monastery Island - Music Island

Rheinau Monastery Island – Music Island

A Place of Harmony: Exploring the Spiritual and Musical Legacy of Rheinau Monastery Island

Today, the historic monastery ensemble is used by the Spiritual Path Community and the music center “Musikinsel Rheinau”. The monastery church, in turn, is owned by the Catholic parish of Rheinau.

The former monastery complex on the Klosterinsel Rheinau is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding sacred buildings in Switzerland. The late Gothic-Baroque monastery, once known as the collegiate church of St. Mary, is one of the highlights of the High Baroque style in the country. The splendor and opulence of the interior are simply overwhelming.

The architecture of the monastery church in Rheinau follows the pattern of a cathedral in Vorarlberg. On entering the church, the magnificent side altars immediately catch the eye, and the main theme of the church quickly becomes clear – the Virgin Mary. The ceiling frescoes, created by the Ticino artist Francesco Giorgoli, have retained their original freshness to this day and are an impressive highlight.

Guided tours of Rheinau Abbey Church

Guided tours are only organized by the sacristans of the Catholic parish of Rheinau. Guided tours by external persons are not permitted. A guided tour lasts about 60 minutes. The meeting point is in front of the monastery church.

During the guided tours, you will receive information about the art, history, architecture and spirituality of the monastery and the monastery church. You can also visit the areas of the monastery church that are not normally open to the public, such as the choir with high altar and choir stalls and the sacristy with its magnificent vestments, chalices and beautiful inlays.

More information about the Rheinau monastery island at: Rheinau Monastery Church

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